Tobias Matthew

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The Most Reverend
Tobias Matthew
Archbishop of York
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Installed 1606
Term ended 1628 (death)
Predecessor Matthew Hutton
Successor George Montaigne
Other posts Dean of Durham (1583–1595)
Bishop of Durham (1595–1606)
Personal details
Born (1546-06-13)13 June 1546
Died 29 March 1628(1628-03-29) (aged 81)
Cawood, North Yorkshire
Buried York Minster
Nationality English
Denomination Church of England
Alma mater University College, Oxford
Christ Church, Oxford

Tobias Matthew (also Tobie Mathew and Toby Mathew) (1546 – 29 March 1628) was an English Archbishop of York.


He was the son of Sir John Matthew of Ross in Herefordshire, England, and of his wife Eleanor Crofton of Ludlow. He was born at Bristol and was educated at Wells, Somerset, and then in succession at University College and Christ Church, Oxford. He proceeded BA in 1564, and MA in 1566.[citation needed]

He attracted the favourable notice of Queen Elizabeth I, and his rise was steady though not very rapid. He was public orator in 1569, President of St John's College, Oxford in 1572,[1] Dean of Christ Church in 1576, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University in 1579,[2][3] Dean of Durham in 1583, Bishop of Durham in 1595, and Archbishop of York in 1606.[citation needed]

In 1581, he had a controversy with the Jesuit Edmund Campion, and published at Oxford his arguments in 1638 under the title, Piissimi et eminentissimi viri Tobiae Matthew, archiepiscopi olim Eboracencis concio apologetica adversus Campianam. While in the north he was active in forcing the recusants to conform to the Church of England, preaching hundreds of sermons and carrying out thorough visitations.[citation needed]

During his later years he was to some extent in opposition to the administration of King James I. He was exempted from attendance in the parliament of 1625 on the ground of age and infirmities. His wife, Frances, was the daughter of William Barlow, Bishop of Chichester. His son, Tobie Matthew was an MP and later a convert to Catholicism. He died at Cawood on 20 March 1628 and was buried in the Lady Chapel in York Minster.[citation needed]


  1. ^ H. E. Salter and Mary D. Lobel, ed. (1954). "St. John's College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 251–264. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ University of Oxford (1888). "Vice-Chancellors". The Historical Register of the University of Oxford. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 21–27. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 


Academic offices
Preceded by
John Robinson
President of St John's College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Francis Wyllis
Preceded by
John Piers
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Succeeded by
William James
Preceded by
Martyn Colepeper
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Arthur Yeldard
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Wilson
Dean of Durham
Succeeded by
William James
Preceded by
Matthew Hutton
Prince-Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
William James
Preceded by
Matthew Hutton
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
George Montaigne